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Weight question
medicdiver04 - 7/07/2012 2:35 PM
Category: New Diver Q&A
Replies: 10

Went diving today out in Lake Michigan as it was a perfect day to do it. Had some new gear I wanted to try out so I went out with a buddy, and neither of us could get down... I weigh 180 and had 20lbs on my weight belt, and all I did was float. I made sure i deflated, exhaled more than I inhaled, and I just stayed at the top. Did I configure my weights wrong or what?
Greg - 7/07/2012 2:43 PM
What type of wet suit were you wearing?
medicdiver04 - 7/07/2012 2:45 PM
I was wearing a 7ml wetsuit.
OUBobcat - 7/07/2012 3:13 PM
was it a 7 mm full or FJ?
medicdiver04 - 7/07/2012 4:40 PM
It was a full 7
PastorG - 7/07/2012 5:20 PM
I don’t typically wear a 7mil as I have plenty of natural insulation, but one of my dive buddies uses one, he weighs a little less than the 180 you mentioned and does use 20+ lbs. when we hit the quarry.
Divetromboneplayer - 7/07/2012 7:22 PM
I have a 7 mil farmer john for the cold and weigh 180 and I use 30 lbs. of weight.
Keith_M - 7/08/2012 7:28 AM
I think once you are in that 7mm you need to think about at least taking with you, 10% of your body weight plus 10. So around 28 on hand. Then if you are over weighted, you can take some off.
SeaGoat - 7/08/2012 10:45 AM
What kind of "new gear" did you have? If you have a new BC, you may have to try some different techniques to get the bladder all the way empty - esp if your going from jacket style to back-inflate or vice versa. Get your buddy to pat you down and make sure you are getting all the air out.

See also Greg’s latest survey topic.
OUBobcat - 7/08/2012 11:38 AM
25 lbs or so might not be out the question right now as you just got certified. Once you gain control of your breathing and buoyancy your weight should drop too. I prefer to put the majority of my weight on my hips and put a 2 lb weight on on the cam strap pockets. Another thing I found out too that it was tough getting below the surface initially but once I got down at depth the water pressure actually helped me stay down. I know when I first got certified I was wearing 21 or 22 lbs in a 5mm. After about 3 or 4 months of regular diving I was able to get it down to about 14 or 15 lbs.